Time for the Big Dance!

Well ladies and gents, the biggest show in town is once again upon us! Adepticon!

Reecius here from Frontline Gaming to talk about the event that continues to inspire us, excite us and set the bar for excellence in organized tabletop gaming tournaments and hobby events!

Adepticon is a fantastic event. If you have not gone, you should, at least once. It is a celebration of the hobby we all love and a chance to hang out with like minded individuals for 4 days of fun and games. There’s something there for the competitive players, hobbyists, and social gamers alike! If you like the fluff, learning new painting techniques, demoing new games, or competition against some of the best players in the world, Adpeticon has something to offer you.

Most of all though, it is the camaraderie that I enjoy the most. You see friends you only see a few times a year at Adepticon to share war stories form past events, make new memories with and have a great weekend.

As for the actual 40K Championship itself, the event we here at Frontline tend to be most focused on as a team, I unfortunately foresee a lot of Deathstars. Perhaps even worse than two years ago when we had 26% of the field Grey Knights. 6th edition is a cool, fun, open edition but unfortunately has some of the worst rules abuses we’ve ever seen in this game. There have always been some crazy, lame rules combos in this game but I think we may have reached a new high.

With the ability to combine rules from different books into stacked combos that do things probably never intended, I think players making the trip out will give in to the temptation to play these armies to increase their odds of winning. It is understandable in a competitive event to bring the biggest stick you can find. However, in the arms race we tend to lose sight of what makes the game fun. Eventually it may end up hurting the game.

I will be very curious to see how folks react to the results of this event. I wonder if we will finally hit that point where we realize that while competition is fun, and for some, the more intense the better, have we entered a place where it finally has gone a bit too far? GW doesn’t seem interested in fixing the issues with their dearth of FAQs. Maybe the rumored 7th ed will fix some of this stuff, but who knows? Perhaps after this inbound lesson we will see the need for some self-restraint in order to have more enjoyable events for everyone. Perhaps not. I would just prefer to not wait until people start to say screw it, I am over this, before changing course. Maybe with formations and Knights we will see the Deathstars crack a bit? We think that these will help but they won’t be at Adepticon this year.

My predictions for Adepticon are these:

  1. Eldar will probably be the most prevalent army, featuring Seer Councils galore. I am going to laugh when we have the epic slap fights that will be the inevitable Seer Council vs. Seer Council battles. That will be hilarious.
  2. Space Marines with Centurion Stars and Bike Armies will be right there, maybe even slightly more popular than Eldar.
  3. Beaststars will be probable next in line.
  4. Daemons will be next most prevalent, IMO, with the occasional Sorcerer/Cultists/Dranke add on.
  5. Tau will still be popular and I expect to see a lot of them including the ever popular Taudar, IronTau and Oh’vessastar.
  6. Lastly, I predict that we will see a metric ton of Inquisitors. Mostly Coteaz, but also generic Inquisitors. I chuckle to myself to think how many Coteaz on Coteaz match-ups will happen!
So despite all of the options we have in list building now, there will be a lot of sameness.
Is it all doom and gloom? No, of course not. For all the reasons stated at the beginning of this article, Adpeticon will be a great event, well worth the trip. I look forward to it and seeing all my friends as well as seeing who comes out on top! I won’t be playing this year, as I will be a rules judge. A bit of a bummer as I love to play, but I am happy to help out with the event. Say hi if you see me!
And to you brave souls not playing deathstars, I salute you! MSU scoring unit lists will beat them, so if you can combat squad and it isn’t Kill Points, do so! Play to objectives and have the satisfaction of bumping a Deathstar out of the event.
Another great event is ahead of us and we at Frontline Gaming can’t wait to get it started!


About Reecius

The fearless leader of the intrepid group of gamers gone retailers at Frontline Gaming!

14 Responses to “Time for the Big Dance!”

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    CptHygelac April 2, 2014 5:20 am #

    Good luck to Frankie and Geoff this weekend. I hope they put a beat down on some deathstars! Reece, judge the shit out of those rules! Hope you guys all have a great weekend!

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    z3n1st April 2, 2014 9:53 am #

    Good Luck Team 0, REPRESENT bitches!

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    Skari April 2, 2014 10:09 am #

    Good luck. I’m actually going into chicago later sunday. For work, but I might try to stop by at the event to see if anyone is still hangin.

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      Reecius April 2, 2014 10:49 am #

      We’ll be gone by then, but plenty of folks will still be around!

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    TableTopJosh April 2, 2014 10:53 am #

    Good luck and have fun!!

    Is Franky taking his DE/Eldar list?
    Also any chance we can get a gander at the list you were taking about in the podcast Reecius? 🙂

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    TableTopJosh April 2, 2014 11:19 am #

    I really hope its an ork list, but I have many doubts haha.

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    Fagerlund April 2, 2014 11:55 am #

    Good luck and have fun!
    Me, I’m throwing a 8-player tournament in my flat instead (I’m amazed I actually managed to fit four tables in). Funny coincidence it happened at the same time as Adepticon. 🙂

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    Kent johnson April 2, 2014 1:44 pm #

    Amen Reese I totally agree! I’m sad to see war hammer 40k go the way of Magic the Gathering were everyone plays 2-3 lists, Except me I go to an event and it seems like I’m the only one there to have fun.

    If I could make it to Adepticon i wouldnt win but I’d have a great time!

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    Smellofwetdog April 2, 2014 4:35 pm #

    Good luck out there to the team, let’s beat down some of these fools west coast style.

    I’m glad a prominent member of the community feels pretty much the same way I do about the game. If GW ever hears even just a little of what we’re saying I’ll feel better and might benefit from changes as well so thanks for that Reece.

    You should get a Judge Dredd mask and drop, “I AM THE LAW” quotes on people.

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    Painjunky April 2, 2014 7:38 pm #

    Have fun guys! I hope you can upset the meta!

    Would nerfing battle brothers down to allies of convenience be a viable way of stopping the rules layering?

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      Gordon April 3, 2014 9:01 am #

      Well, not all rules lawyering, since it’s not really rules lawyering per se that’s an issue. It does stop a lot of combos that people complain about, but not all of them, and some people still seem pretty adamantly resistant to banning BB. They all seem to play Tau or Eldar…

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        Painjunky April 3, 2014 5:41 pm #

        I meant layering multiple special rules onto a unit, not lawyering. Very similar word, sorry if I was not being clear.

        I would love play without BB but I agree it is not a perfect solution but might be a good place to start. That and there would be an angry mob armed with torches and pitchforks outside frontline, baying for Reeces blood!

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